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Milk goats...
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KatG    Posted 10-29-2004 at 18:25:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thinking about getting a milk goat...What is a good breed??..Some say there milk is as good as cow's milk??.True?? Thanks..KAtG


Farmall    Posted 10-31-2004 at 13:59:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]

FINALLY, a spot about farming. Ive had and milked cows and goats. There are good cow breeds and great cow breeds, depending upon your taste, and likewise goats. I like Jerseys by and large, but in my younger days would have sworn on a Gurnsey. But they hold too much milk, more than I need. Likewise there are good milk goats and better milk goats. I had 7 here at one time milking, and loved there milk. Never had a stomach disorder when i had them, and I had had a slight ulcer before from heavy drinking in my youngert years. its best that you taste the milk fgrom a potential goat you might buy. JUST REMEMBER, that milk should be made COLD as soon as it is milked out. I would put a pail in the freezer, and take it out the next day to milk in. Then I would bring it back into the house strain it into somthing and put it back into the freezer for an hour or 2 then put it in the frig. Never had bad milk that way. I would then wash the pail, and when I took the milk out of the freezer, I would put the pail back in for the next day. Now, thats for here in Okla, spring/summer/fall time


Bkeepr    Posted 10-30-2004 at 04:41:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
We milked our goats for several years, while the kids were still home. We will again once we retire.

Goat milk that is properly handled tastes just like whole cows milk. If it isn't chilled fast or the containers or equipment isn't perfectly clean, then it'll get a "goaty" taste very quick.

We've milked mostly Alpines but have one Saanen, too. We like them both. Our Saanen probably gives a little more milk than our Alpines, but it was close. All are wonderful animals...we raised all but two from birth and they are used to handling and are quiet and gentle; I'd recommend you look for those qualities in any goat you buy.

We got our goats as an interim until we could find a family cow, but after almost 6 years with them I have no desire for a cow anymore.

The book "Raising Goats the Modern Way" is a great handbook, and will tell you everything you need to know to keep them healthy and happy.

good luck!

Tom A


Tom in TN    Posted 10-29-2004 at 22:14:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Kat,

A few years ago I had a neighbor who milked goats. He was a very generous guy and he provided all of the milk that my family used for about two years. It was raw milk and it tasted great. One difference between it and cow's milk is that the cream didn't separate to the top as cow's milk does. I understood that to be caused by the fact that the fat globules in goat's milk are smaller than those in cow's milk, therefore, they stay in suspension. I've never researched that to find out if it's accurate, but that's what I understand.

In any event, go for it. If my wife would allow me to make the twice-a-day, 365 days a year commitment that is needed, I'd have goats in a minute. Unfortunately, she thinks that I should be available to go out of town with her occasionally.

Good luck,

Tom in TN


KatG    Posted 10-30-2004 at 16:51:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hubby and I never go anywhere but the feed store for the animals and us..lol..I am going to spring the goats on him tomorrow...Thanks..KAtG


RichZ    Posted 10-29-2004 at 18:59:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife and I are in the process of starting a goat dairy, and we raise Nubian goats. Nubians are know as the jersey cows of the goat world, in that they have the highest butterfat content of dairy goats like jerseys have the highest butterfat content of cows. Our goats milk tastes just like cows milk, just slightly richer, but if you didn't know it was goat's milk, you'd think it was cow's milk.


Two things can give goat's milk a strong flavor. One is if they eat a lot of strong tasting plants such as onions or garlic, and the other is keeping the does in close proximity of the buck. If you do that, the milk can pick up the gamey odor of the buck.

Goats are easy to raise, and are a lot of fun. They are very intelligent, playful and affectionate.


GrannyG    Posted 10-29-2004 at 18:54:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I have a couple Nubians and they have great milk. I even managed to get my husband to believe me and he drinks it. I like to make soft cheese with jalapeno peppers in it. My hubby made a great milking stand out of an old scaffold for me. My neighbor helped him, put a ramp on it for the goats to walk up, there is wire on the sides and I can lock their head in until I am finished milking. Good luck.


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